Former Vice President Dick Cheney stood by his claim today that President Obama was trying to take America “down a notch” on the world stage and, in the process, undermine national security interests in Iraq, but dodged whether or not he was accusing the president of committing treason.
Sitting opposite Jon Karl on ABC’s This Week, Cheney defended his harshly critical Wall Street Journal op-ed. Quoting from the op-ed, Jon Karl asked Cheney whether or not Cheney was accusing the president of committing treason:
“In this op-ed, you suggest the president is a fool. That is the word you used, ‘only a fool would take the approach he’s taking in Iraq right now.’ It almost seems like you’re accusing the president of treason, that he’s intentionally bringing America ‘down a notch.’”
Cheney dodged the question, and responded by restating his criticisms of the president for leaving “a big vacuum” in the Middle East, Obama’s failure to recognize the terrorist treat, and Obama’s trimming of the military budget. Finally, Cheney ended his answer by stressing that he does not “intend any disrespect for the president.”
Pardon me, but Mr. Lich? It’s a little late for that.
Cheney also reiterated his support of going into Iraq to begin with, and that he’s still a strong supporter of going in now. When Karl pressed him on the course of action that he would take if he were president, Cheney said “at this point, there are no good, easy answers,” and then specified that he’d “[help] the resistance in Syria” with “training and weapons.” Cheney added that:
We need to dramatically reverse course on our defense budget. We’re decimating the defense budget, not Al Qaeda. We need to go back to a two-war strategy, not the one-war strategy he has in place.
Yes, by all means, let’s stretch those imperialist muscles and kill more Americans in the name of the almighty Halliburton. A multi-front war sounds like a positively wunderbar idea, Herr Kaiser. When your Middle Eastern Schlieffen plan was even more unrealistic and failed even more disastrously than the original, what could go wrong that hasn’t already?
Watch Dick Cheney dodge Jon Karl’s question.
h/t Think Progress